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Postgraduate - Area of Study

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.


English as an international language is a new and timely discipline that is concerned with all aspects of the spread and the use of English around the globe. This interdisciplinary area includes studies that deal with all areas of linguistics and applied linguistics that have implications for English as a language of international and intercultural communication.

The very rapid growth in the use of English and in the number of English speakers around the world in recent decades has had significant linguistic, socio-cultural, political and pedagogical implications and consequences for this global language, which deserve scholarly attention. The program of English as an international language provides a unique opportunity for masters and PhD students to undertake in-depth studies in this area that will equip them with knowledge and expertise that is highly needed in today's internationalised world.

Prospective students may choose to investigate topics from a wide range of sub-fields, including teaching and testing of English as an international language, intercultural communication, discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and cultural linguistics.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points including two compulsory coursework honours units and a thesis.

  • ATS4753 Special topics in English as an international language (12 points)
  • ATS4755 English as an international language: Minor thesis and methodology part 1 and ATS4756 English as an international language: Minor thesis and methodology part 2
  • ATS4757 English as an international language: Multilingual identity (12 points)

Coursework units and the thesis topic are chosen in consultation with the English as an international langauge honours coordinator.

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Farzad Sharifian

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant courses

  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.